Good Sunday Morning to all our brothers & sisters of The WOTC

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Lady A had to take the day off. She needed to take a break and rest for a bit. She isn’t suppose to be doing anything but she doesn’t know how to do that. In fact, resting isn’t even in her vocabulary.  When she was released from the hospital, she was instructed to come home and rest. Did we do that, no. Instead we took a trip to Eastern Kentucky to see her family and friends up there. She figured that would probably be the last time she got to see them.

You haven’t heard her mention her health but I will. The doctors highly recommended removing her spleen. Then the procedure they would have to do so she could live without it. She told them no. Next they wanted to put her on this trial medication for people with her condition. As you know it is expensive and she…

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Our Summer Solstice Gift to You….

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Good morning, my sweets! Yes, it is really me, Lady A. Been a while, huh? I can tell you right now, I haven’t been having a ton of fun either. But we won’t go into that right now. We won’t be with you on this wonderful & blessed Summer Solstice this year. We are currently on our way back to Western Kentucky. We have been up in Eastern Kentucky for a day or two. I wanted to visit some family up there. I also wanted to take a spiritual break, get my head back on straight (you know hospitals mess with your head?) and talk to a few Elder witches up there. We had a good time and enjoyed the visit. We will be back later on this afternoon. Tomorrow, we are going to rest up, maybe! Then Friday, we will be back in full force and I am not…

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The Runes of Odin (15. Algiz)

 

Element : Air

Tree : Yew

Plant : grass shrubs

Meaning : Protection, Growth, Fast  Development

God: Heimdall

Stone : Rainbow tourmaline, Agate, Fluorite, Jasper, Diamond

Day : Saturday

Colour : rainbow, golden

Month : February

Zodiac sign : Cancer

Galdr : http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/galdr.html

Pathwalking with the Rune : http://www.northernshamanism.org/pathwalking-with-runes.html

The word Algiz literally means pine woods or sedge reeds. It can also mean rapid development, protection and growth. It depicts a person with upraised arms and also elk’s antlers. The raised hands depict a protective gesture. The rune is that of protection. In the spiritual sense, it indicates reaching up to the divine power.

The rune also represents success and quick achievement of goals. It keeps a person alert and aware and protects one from attacks as well. It brings wisdom and clarity of thoughts in a person.

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The Rune is pronunced with deep vibration of the sound Z. It means protection from amy kind of danger. It is both protection and defence : physical, psychic, personal, collective one. It connects people and gods. It keeps one safe from evil. The Rune brings friendship, strenghtens the good luck and the life force. It can provide mystical and spiritual communication with beings of no human nature. It provides communications with other worlds, especially Asgard and the cosmic wells of Urd, Mimir and Hvergelmir /https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hvergelmir/. The Rune Algiz strenghtens the magical powers too.

It symbolizes the antlers of the Elk, the sharp stems of  the grass shrubs, the raised hands of the one who is calling the gods.

Divination : the efforts that have been put will lead to success. Like a fast growing tree, your plans will have a quick development. At the same time you will be protected from attacks.

Awareness, wisdom and clear mind will be your guides. But if your behaviour becomes irrational, you will lose the protection of Algiz. The rune indicates that “ the Angel Guardian is near “, this can manifest like a good advice or help from friends at a difficult moment for you. Sometimes this rune shows that it is time for you to take a risky initiation but you should think well and act accordingly.

Revered meaning : at the moment you are not well protected. You should avoid risk. It is possible someone to mislead you. Be prepared to face some difficulties and avoid any offers that provoke doubts in you. It can also mean that you are misled by yourself. Be careful with the new friendships and love affairs. Do not trust anyone untill you get to know him/her well enough.

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Pathwalking with the rune : This is a rune of defence. It creates a border that will stop the intruder. Contrary to Eihwaz , Algiz is not created for battles.  Algiz keeps the territory and property safe while the owner is not there and Eihwaz can be used for defence in battles. Eihwaz is hidden, the one who attacks does not see it unless he/she stumbles and fall. And Algiz is visible. When the intruder nears the border, Algiz will signalize its presence and will give the intruder a feeling of “ this place is well protected, it is dangerous for you, it is not safe for you to step there”. Like the Elk raises his antlers to stop the one who attacks him, like  the raised hand that means “ Stop!”, Algiz makes the one who approaches the guarded territory  decide whether to go on and take the risk or to move away and give up. Algiz can be used together with Eihwaz as a runic script for protection of borders , also with TIR for a punishment if someone does not stop and passes through the border, for protection of home it is good to add the Rune Othila to the script.

Algiz can be drawn with the index finger. Start with the stem from base to top and then draw the wings from left to right.

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The image of the Valkyrie in mythology is fully representative of the way in which the energies of Algiz work to protect you. Meditating on the image of a Valkyrie in her teacher, swan and warrior forms is a powerful method of invoking Algiz energy.

The Valkyrie will not assist in evading punishment for wrong deeds, or illegal or immoral acts. It will act to soften the blow of punishment if the person willingly accepts accountability for the harm cased by his or her acts and begins to take steps to compensate.

To read this article click here

http://runesecrets.com/rune-meanings/algiz

 

 

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

 

 

Spirit of White Buffalo

 

Native American myths and culture have always been my inspiration. The first approach to the mysteries of Shamanism in my life was through the  Native American ways of spiritual work. Then I learned about the Scandinavian Shamanism and I discovered the many common things in both paths. My studies and research led me to the knowledge that in its essence the pagan ways are quite alike in the different parts of the world as are the Old religions,too. They all seem to have one origin that is very old and points towards the beginning of human history on Earth.

Here is a wonderful article I found online about the White Buffalo Spirit . This is the Spirit who walks between the worlds and connects the Red Road/ the path of incarnation and physical life / and the Blue Road / the path of the Spirit /.

When you think of Celtic tradition these are Dragons who walk between the worlds and open new realms, in Native American traditions it is White Buffalo Spirit  who connects the worlds.

Read about this here

http://www.crystalwind.ca/animal-totems/spirit-of-white-buffalo

and a powerful meditation with Native American Flute sound

 

 

 

 

 

Native American calling/prayer

Four Directions Prayer

Creator, it is I. Thank you for today’s sunrise, for the breath and life within me, and for all of your creations. Creator, hear my prayer, and honor my prayer.

As the day begins with the rising sun, I ask, Spirit keeper of the East, Brother Eagle, Be with me. …

Spirit keeper of the South, Wolf, Be with me. Help me to remember to love and feel compassion for all mankind. …

Spirit Keeper of the West, Brown Bear, Be with me. Bring healing to the people I love and to myself. ….

Spirit Keeper of the North, White Buffalo, Be with me….

Mother Earth, Thank you for your beauty, And for all you have given me. Remind me never to take from you more then I need, and remind me to always give back more than I take.

Read the original article here

http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8582

The Runes of Odin (14. Perth)

 

Element : Water

Planet : Saturn

Tree : aspen

Plant : wolf`s bane or sweet william

Meaning : mystery, well, womb, gambling, science, cave , cup

Goddess : Frigg

Stone : aquamarine

Day : Friday

Colour : red, female energy

Month : May

Galdr : http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/galdr.html

Pathwalking with the Rune : http://www.northernshamanism.org/pathwalking-with-runes.html

This rune can open or provide a barrier for the dark forces, the realms of the death too. It makes us face our weakness, our failures and our sorrows. It makes us ask ourselves about what would we do if our death is near now. This is a good rune for trials and attack. This is a rune of time and change. It rules the secrets and the hidden things and it is also connected with the karmic energies. It is evolution of the magical ideas. The rune Perth can be used when you make investments or merchandising and also when you try to find something that you have lost.

In its meaning “fate, destiny” Perth directs the runic forses into cause – consequence. Perth helps you to receive intuitive guidance about financial operations. This is a rune of mystery, chance, merchandise, science and technologies.

Divination : Unknown result, mystery, gambling, weird things. To succeed you must use what is modern. Perth leads to spiritual revelation of a secret. This rune is connected with pregnancy and giving birth. It is also connected  with the average and sensual sexual gelight.

To interpret Perth you should enguage the mystic and the providence.

Interpretation : there is always choice for you about everything. Noone and nothing can upset you unless you choose so. You should not allow your truth to be compromised if you want to do what you choose to do. Clearly state your right to choose. The biggest danger for you is not to make the choice and to let the things be. Do shape your future.

Reversed meaning : a possible failure. What seems clear hides deeper aspects and meanings. Do not hurry, do not give up. Believe only your loved ones. Do not take anything for granted. There may be a hidden depth in others` statements.

The development of the situation will not be what you expect or want to. You should temporarily give up your experiments with the occult forces.

This rune has a connection with Phoenix bird and with Mimir`s well,  too. It is possible a deep secret of yours to come up to the surface and you may be disappointed or surprised by a person you trusted in.

Unexpected gain or surprise. In combination with Gebo or Hagalaz or Thurisaz it means financial gain. If you receive a gift , do ask yourself if there are hidden motives for it. Emotionally speaking, this is a sign for amazing sexual compatibility. In combination with Kano or Uruz Perth is a sign for a relationship based on sex only.

When Perth is surrounded by negative runes this can mean a rare, unknown and difficult to cure illness.

The rune Perth can be used to help finding Mimir`s well and to connect with the Norns.  According to the Norse myths Mimmir is a giant who keeps the well of knowledge and wisdom and drinks of it and  drinking the water from this well he has all wisdom. Odin went into the land of the giants to  meet Mimir. At the shore of the lake they met and  Odin asked Mimir for  permission to take one sip from this well. Mimir agreed but asked for one of Odin`s eyes in return. With his knife Odin took off one of his eyes and the eye fell into the well, then Odin drank of the water and gained wisdom. The eye stayed into the well…seeing …nothing and…seeing everything.

Later Mimir`s head was cut by the Aesir gods and Mimir died. Mimir knew many secrets and was the wisest one. Odin decided to give the life back to Mimir`s head. Odin took the head of the giant, wrapped it with herbs and cast spells on it. Soon the head was alive again and could speak.

The rune is drawn with the middle and index finger together starting from top to base.

There is a large portion of our unmanifest future that rests on an element of chance. This awareness must be incorporated into the lore of Perthro and divination is a way to discern the parameters of that element of chance. Divination through casting of lots using dice or runes provides conscious indicators of unconscious ‘lay’ or pattern of cause and effect as it pertains to any specific future happening.

Of all the runes, this one is the most mysterious, perhaps next to Eihwaz before it, because Perthro deals with the mysteries within the runes themselves and the birth of the universe. On one hand this allows you to intuit original knowledge about the runes that may have been suppressed, destroyed or incompletely passed on over the centuries. On the other hand, the ‘how to’ techniques are less defined than with other runes, for we are dealing with fundamental mysteries of the universe. Orlog plays out as the consequences of the cosmic and primal laws themselves unfold from beginning of the universe until the end. All patterns are interdependent and interwoven, throughout all existence…

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http://runesecrets.com/rune-meanings/perthro

 

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

Mistress of the mountains

 

 

The magickal use of thistle

Magickal Uses of Blessed Thistle

Zodiac: Aries

Gender: Male

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Pan

Basic Powers: Protection

Magickal Uses: An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells.

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Magickal Uses of Milk Thistle

Gender: Maculine

Planet: Mars (in Aries)

Deities: Thor, Minerva

Powers: Strenth, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Hex Breaking

Folklore: Milk-thistle is a strikingly beautiful member of its family – with its sharply serrated, white veined leaves they cannot be overlooked. The name ‘Milk-thistle’ refers to a legend according to which 3 drops of holy milk from the Virgin’s breast is said to have dropped on to the leaf, forever marking it as an herb of our Lady (formerly known as the Great Goddess).

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